Chickpea Flour Pasta

One of my favorite foods in the whole world is homemade pasta…

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(Look familiar?  This is actually the image you see in my new header!)

 Most of the time, I’d be beyond thrilled to eat it just plain with a bit o’ buttah and some Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.  Sound boring?  It is.  But it really allows the pasta to be the forerunner of the dish, rather than lurk in the background.  And in all honesty, I could live on that cheese alone. But really now…since you put in the extra effort to make homemade pasta in the first place, you don’t usually want to cover up its “homemade goodness” with a complex sauce.  But the other day, I felt spontaneous…or at least, curious.

So I turned to one of my favorite cookbooks, The Modern Vegetarian by Peter Berley, (by the way, you can read all about that awesome cookbook here) for inspiration.  And, inspiration I found.  Chickpea flour pasta. Instead of using regular flour or semolina as the base, this pasta recipe calls for garbanzo flour.  It sounds complicated, but garbanzo (or chickpea) flour is really not all that difficult to find.  Bob’s Red Mill sells it (the brand I used) or you can easily make your own.  You just need dried chickpeas and a food processor!

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If you haven’t made homemade pasta before, I highly recommend doing it for a special occasion or an everyday special meal.  It sounds intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple.  Despite what you may think, you don’t need any special equipment.  Unlike some of those funky machines their selling at kitchen stores these days.  Seriously, does anyone really need a daisy-shape egg mold?  It really does exist, I swear.

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Back to the point…while I sometimes use an old-fashioned non-electric pasta machine, I’ve also cut the noodles by hand as well.  A machine may offer some fancier shapes or more uniform pasta, but it all ends up tasting the same.  Am I right?

Another positive?  This pasta recipe is vegan! Due to the high protein content of chickpeas, you don’t need an egg (usually needed in homemade pasta recipes–but not always) to get the dough to bind together.   Since Peter so nicely paired up this pasta with a simple leek and tomato sauce, I decided to follow along and do just the same…If you prefer to use your own sauce, that’s fine too!

sliced leeks

With no further ado, here it is:

Chickpea Flour Pasta with Zesty Leek & Tomato Sauce

Yield: 3-4 Servings

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Ingredients:

Rosemary Garlic Oil (Optional):

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 4 cloves of garlic (peeled)
    • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Chickpea Pasta:

    • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
    • 1 1/4 unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 2 tablespoons Rosemary-Garlic Oil (*you could substitute regular olive oil!*)

Leek & Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 leeks (white parts), thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • fresh tarragon or basil (at your discretion)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • chive garnish

Directions:

Make rosemary garlic oil (optional):

    1. In saucepan, combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 4 cloves of garlic (peeled), 1 tablespoon dried rosemary (or one sprig, fresh). Bring to simmer, reduce heat as low as possible and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until garlic turns golden. Strain in jar and let cool. This stuff is fantastic and the extras could be used for vinaigrettes, on grilled bread, you name it!

Prepare Pasta:

    1. Stir together chickpea flour, white flour, and salt. Create well and add in water and oil (Either your rosemary garlic oil OR just olive oil). Using fingers or a wooden spoon, mix together until liquid is absorbed.
    2. Using clean countertop, cover the dough with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes. Knead the dough (here's your workout!) for 10 minutes. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water. When the dough is smooth and resilient, wrap again in plastic and let sit for 30 minutes. Once done, the dough will be quite shiny!
    3. Once rested, divide the dough into two equal parts. If using a machine, roll to desired thickness and cut whichever shape you desire. If making by hand, roll dough to 1/16 inch thickness. Let sit again for 5-7 minutes to let dry slightly. Dust pasta with flour roll into a loose cylinder. Cut the cylinder croswise into desired strip width and uncurl the noodles onto a clean dry towel. Repeat.
    4. homemade garlic rosemary oil

Prepare Sauce:

  1. Warm olive oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add leaks and garlic and saute for 6-8 minutes, until lightly wilted. Do not brown.
  2. Increase heat to high, add canned tomatoes, herbs, red peppers, and lemon zest. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until thick.
  3. Bring water to boil (add salt once water begins to boil!), add noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes, until cooked through. Drain, drizzle with rosemary-oil and serve on plates. Top with sauce and sprinkle with chives (if desired).

Adapted, just slightly from The Modern Vegetarian by Peter Barley.

homemade garlic rosemary oil

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leek and tomato sauce

homemade chickpea pasta

This recipe was a great alternative to my usual pasta recipes!  The chickpea pasta with tomato sauce was a great combination.  Due to the higher protein and fiber content, it was incredibly filling as well.  One portion went a long way.  If you prefer to have a large quantity of sauce, be sure to make twice the recipe amount.

Of course, now I’m inspired to make quinoa pasta (with quinoa flour!) with some flour left in my cupboard.  I’ll be sure to let you know my mishaps and successes!  And, of course, the recipe.

   

26 Responses to “Chickpea Flour Pasta”

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    Little Bookworm — September 3, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    I’ve never made homemade pasta – yours look amazing though! When I eat pasta I like to use lots of sauce and vegetables. You could use the chickpea flour in falafel?

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    Laura — September 3, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    Thanks! Great idea! That was silly of me not to think of that, Bob’s red mill actually suggested you could use the flour to make hummus–but that sounds a little strange to me. I definitely love loads of sauce and veggies. Yum!

    xo Laura

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    Angie @ Everyday Inspirations — September 3, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make my own pasta, but as you said, it has always seemed a little intimidating especially when it is so easy to throw dried pasta in the pot. You’ve totally inspired me to try it though. I’m sure it is so much more delicious!

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    Laura — September 3, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    So glad this post has inspired you to try it out! I totally know what you mean, it seems intimidating at first, but I swear it’s really simple and you can’t really beat the fresh taste. Most of the time, I definitely go the boxed pasta route, but once in a while, I can’t resist. Thanks for commenting!

    xo Laura

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    Alycia [Fit n Fresh] — September 5, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    Being italian, I obviously LOVE homemade pasta, but homemade gnocchi is my absolute fav! And it’s so easy to make. Yours looks absolutely delicious, I definitely have to check out that cookbook.

    Love your header too by the way! :)

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    Laura — September 5, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks Alycia! I’m 1/2 Italian as well :) So we definitely agree when it comes to homemade pasta. I’m lame and still haven’t made gnocchi yet, but I have a recipe from Mario Batali that I’ve been eyeing for a while now, so it might make an appearance soon. Enjoy the long weekend!

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    Monique@She's Going The Distan — September 6, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own pasta!! Yours looks beautiful :)

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    Lynne @ CookandBeMerry — September 6, 2010 @ 4:42 am

    I think I actually have some left over chickpea flour, so now I can use it up. This is a great idea to substitute for flour. Thanks.

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    Laura — September 6, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    I’m so glad! I have a ton leftover as well, so I’ll need to come up with a few new recipes in the next couple weeks or months. People sometimes make chickpea brownies as well, but I’d rather stick to the less healthy original version and call it a day :)

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    Laura — September 6, 2010 @ 5:01 am

    Thanks Monique! :)

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    sophia — September 6, 2010 @ 6:08 am

    CHICKPEA fries!! I’m planning to make that some day.

    And quinoa pasta? Wow, that’s interesting. I’ve got quinoa flour that I don’t know how to use up, so I hope you succeed and share the secrets with us! :-)

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    Laura — September 6, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    Woh! Great idea, how would you make chickpea fries?! Please share. I’m hoping quinoa pasta will work (like the chickpeas), since it has a high protein content, I feel like it should…I’ll definitely keep you informed on the results. I’ve also been thinking about substituting it in some sort of baking experiment.

    xo Laura

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    Meghan (Making Love In The Kit — September 17, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    This is amazing! Have never thought to make my own pasta like this before. Going to have try and swing a gluten-free version for my crowd. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Laura — September 17, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Thanks Meghan, I love hearing that! I’m sure there is a definitely a way to make it gluten-free. You could probably use spelt or rice flour! Just an idea.

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    <3 Laura

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    delicieux — October 14, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    I’ve never thought of using chickpea flour in homemade pasta, but will definitely have to try this. Thanks!

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    Laura — October 14, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    It is really good! It adds a bunch of protein, as well. I saw from your blog that you’re from Brisbane–I studied abroad there in college for 5 months and loved it. Love to fellow Aussies! :)

    <3 Laura

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    delicieux — October 14, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    Thanks :)

    I really like the idea of using chickpea flour. I tried using it in a cracker recipe recently, and while the cracker tasted delicious it was too crumbly. I think I need to work on the ratio of chickpea flour to plain flour.

    Great idea with the pasta though. Will definitely try it. PS great blog :D

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    Nora — November 16, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    This is really a easy and delicios idea, in fact it worked so good that I tried to use chickpea flour mixed with lemon juice to replace eggs in cookies.
    Turned out great, especially if you only want to make a few cookies and don’t need al whole egg.

    recipe (in german) : http://homemademess.blogspot.com/2010/11/gewurzkekse-mit-kichererbsenmehl.html

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    Laura — November 17, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    Great! That’s a fabulous idea, glad to know it turned out well :)

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    Kristen — March 23, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Your pasta is beautiful! I never would have thought to use chickpeas to make pasta.

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    Laura — March 24, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    Thanks so much! It’s really good, slightly different texture from regular pasta. It’s packed with protein, which is great.

    Thanks for visiting!

    xo Laura

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    Jon — July 16, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    FYI, you can also find chickpea flour at Indian grocery stores. It will be labeled as besan flour or gram flour. I found the price to be very reasonable.

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    Laura — July 18, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    Yes!! Great tip. Thanks for chiming in! :)

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